Health and safety trackside

Health & safety

We regulate health and safety for the entire mainline rail network in Britain, as well as London Underground, light rail, trams and the heritage sector.

Rail workers on platform

Economic regulation

We regulate Network Rail and other railway networks including the Channel Tunnel and High Speed 1.

Passengers at ticket machines


We undertake a range of work to improve the passenger experience in areas such as compensation, retailing of train tickets and passenger accessibility.


Operator access to the network

If a railway operator wants to access the railway network, they have to apply to us for a track access agreement.

Operator licences & exemptions

Operator licences & exemptions

We issue licences and licence exemptions to railway operators.

Dual carriageway by Angel of the North


We are responsible for monitoring and enforcing the performance and efficiency of National Highways.

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COVID-19 advice for the railway industry and for rail passengers


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Train driver licences

Information you need to know about train driver licences.